The Texas Obesity Research Center promised an internship with plenty of opportunities to learn in various disciplines. You had no research opportunities if you were not a research subject. Instead the only alternatives were secretarial tasks. | Marc Hamilton, Ph. D is a LIAR with plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Both he and his wife Debbie did next to NOTHING to work with us, yet took plenty of credit for it. | Here are some examples of TORC’s false advertising: | 1. We were told we would recruit and test research subjects. Instead we were expected to ask the people we personally know if they would participate in his study. | 2. We were told we would conduct biochemical lab work. This NEVER happened. | 3. We were told we would conduct physiological assessments. This wasn’t introduced until week 13 out of the 16-week program. | 4. We were told we would be introduced to analyzing research data. Instead all we did was copy it to spreadsheets. | 5. We were told there would be journals and social events. Instead journals were only part of the “optional” study. Only ONE social event was held. | 6. We were told “this particular internship is aimed at preparing for many careers when success requires employees to have the ability to communicate effectively and lead others.” | I don’t know what you think, but to me it meant the internship would train interns to communicate and lead. TORC IGNORED students who were deficient in these areas. | 7. We were told students with superior performance would be eligible for a paid position. There was NO objective standard aside from progress in the “optional” study. | Here are some of the tricks Dr. Marc Hamilton employed: | 1. Come to Open Lab!: No training, no feedback. Assistant did EVERYTHING. Hamiltons sat on their asses. Subjects who were “interns” typed all the data from their research participation. | 2. Keep Things Confidential!: So that they don’t know they’re being RIPPED OFF!!! They never actually dealt with ANY confidential information. Devices were numbered w/no names attached. | 3. We don’t log hours. Your productivity is what counts!: This removes an objective way to compare interns for the paid position. They may spend well over the 10-15 hours/week advertised without knowing. | 4. Study Participation is Optional!: Few activities were offered outside the study because nearly everyone was talked into participating. Only study participants had a research topic (the study they particiapted in.) Only study participants were offered team activities.
- Name: Texas Obesity Research Center
- Country: United States
- State: Texas
- City: Houston
- Address: 3855 Holman Street, Rm 105H
- Phone: (713) 743-1183
- Website: www.uh.edu/